• Expected to be in lineup for season opener

    News: Capitals management expects Brooks Orpik (wrist) to return to the lineup for Saturday's opener, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik's recovery from off-season wrist surgery is almost complete, although he was unable to take part in any preseason games or practices during training camp. While it may take him some time to get up to speed, all signs are that the 35-year-old stalwart defenseman will be ready to go in time for the season opener.
  • Out for Sunday's exhibition finale

    News: Brooks Orpik (wrist) will not play in the preseason finale Sunday against the Islanders, according to Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: The report adds that Trotz remains hopeful Brooks Orpik can play Opening Night (Oct. 10) against the Devils. When healthy, Orpik is most useful to fantasy owners involved in leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
  • Will not play Friday against Boston

    News: Brooks Orpik (wrist) will not play in Friday's game against the Bruins, CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley reports.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik is still recovering from offseason surgery on his left wrist. The Capitals conclude preseason play this Sunday and do not open the regular season until Oct. 10, giving the shutdown defenseman eight days to get himself ready for Opening Night against the visiting Devils.
  • Caps' Orpik Healing Faster Than Expected

    News: Brooks Orpik is recovering well from wrist surgery and expects to play in multiple preseason games, CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley reports.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik's status for the Oct. 10 regular-season opener versus the Devils looked to be in some peril after he underwent the procedure on his wrist in late July, but he seems to be advancing through the rehab and recovery process quicker than anticipated. He was able to get in a light scrimmage with his teammates last week, and with his condition continuing to improve with each passing day, it looks like he'll be fully healthy before the end of the month. Those in leagues that factor hits and blocked shots into their scoring should aim to snag Orpik with a later-round pick.
  • Caps' Orpik Scrimmages Monday

    News: Brooks Orpik (wrist) took part in a scrimmage with some of his Capitals teammates Tuesday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: It's an encouraging sign Brooks Orpik is progressing from offseason wrist surgery, which was believed to threaten his availability for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. The defenseman could be limited in the early stages of Capitals training camp, but looks on track to reach 100 percent health at some point during preseason play.
  • Caps' Orpik Likely Ready For Opener

    News: General manager Brian MacLellan indicated Monday that he expects Brooks Orpik (wrist) to be ready for the beginning of the season, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik is expected to begin full workout activities within a week or two, barring a setback, so it should provide him plenty of time to recover before the season begins. Assuming that's indeed the case, he should open the season among the top two pairings, and could pick up a fair number of assists while working with the likes of Alex Ovechkin and offseason addition T.J. Oshie.
  • Caps' Orpik Undergoes Wrist Surgery

    News: Brooks Orpik underwent a successful surgery on his wrist on Tuesday.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik is expected to resume full workout activities in approximately two weeks, and should be ready to go by the time the puck drops for the Capitals' regular season opener. It sounds as though the veteran defender isn't in danger of missing any time once the season gets underway, but the Capitals should provide an update on his status closer to the start of the regular season. Orpik doesn't offer much in the way of offensive upside, but led all defensemen with 306 hits and ranked fourth with 192 blocked shots.
  • Caps' Orpik Gets Assist In Win

    News: Brooks Orpik notched his first point of the playoffs with an assist in Monday's Game 7 win over the Islanders.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik has still yet to find the back of the net this season, but he continued to find other ways to produce in the playoffs. The defenseman's production may not always translated onto the scoresheet and thus may not help fantasy owners, but the 34-year-old has offered a solid presence on the blue line.
  • Caps' Orpik Provides Assist In Finale

    News: Brooks Orpik provided an assist in his 18:20 of ice time in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik finished the season without a goal for the third time in his career, but it's still safe to call his first year in Washington a success. The 34-year-old gave what had been a leaky Capitals defense a bulldog presence on the blue line, aiding goalie Braden Holtby to a career season. He led all NHL defensemen in hits (306) and ranked fourth in blocked shots (192).
  • Caps' Orpik Back In Thursday

    News: Brooks Orpik (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Wild, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: Brooks Orpik made it through the Capitals' gameday skate without incident, and is poised to reclaim his spot next to John Carlson on the team's top pairing. The blueliner, who missed the last four games with the injury, has no goals and 16 points in 67 games this season, but ranks near the top of the league in hits (256) and blocked shots (166).